Fotografia Europea Festival 2013 – HOST VII Photo Agency

Fotografia Europea is an international cultural festival dedicated to contemporary photography. The festival, created in 2006, is promoted by the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani and the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.


As part of Fotografia Europea 2013 the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and aBcM are organising HOST, with the VII Photo Agency.

HOST has launched a series of initiatives aimed at the public of Fotografia Europea, with a direct exchange with the 23 photographers of VII. This is an exclusive opportunity to encounter and discover an internationally renowned agency through a calendar of activities and events in which participants can personally come into contact with some of the leading figures in contemporary photography.



VII SHOOT – workshop (production/editing)

May 3-4 2013

Eight “master” photographers from the VII agency and 16 students (two for each master) will attend a five-hour workshop divided into two activities: photographic production and editing. The output/stories will aim to present a city and its changes. The photographs taken by students of VII SHOOT will be shown on Saturday 4th May at10 pm during the VII Night and will be part of a special edition of the online VII Magazine

Submissions (150.00 euro):

Send a portfolio of 10/15 photographs together with the completed form (click here to download) by 22nd April 2013 at noon to

 Noor Nisa, 20, pregnant, and her mother, Nazer Begam, 40, who live in Weha village, a four hour drive by car to the clinic in Faizabad, wait along the side of the road to be transported to the hospital, after their car broke down, in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2009. Nisa’s water had just broken. Her husband, Shir Mohammad, who had lost two wives and whose first wife had died during childbirth, was determined to get Nisa to the hospital but his borrowed car broke down, so he went to find another vehicle. Nisa, her mother and her husband were eventually taken by the photographer and her interpreter, who happened to be driving by, to the hospital where Nisa delivered a baby girl.


VII LUNCH – Lunch d’auteur

May 4, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm at Caffè Arti e Mestieri

Ten photographers from the VII Agency will lunch with seven guests, for an informal chat on a specific theme suggested by the photographers. The lunch will take place at Caffè Arti e Mestieri and will be prepared by chef Gianni D’Amato.

Lunch will be followed by a shared portfolios review.

Submission (65.00 euro):

Send a portfolio of 10/15 photographs together with the completed form (click here to download) by 22nd April 2013 at 12 noon to


Selected candidates will receive confirmation via e-mail together with info on payment methods.

 A U.S. soldier from 3rd Platoon, Apache Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 10th Mountain Division, surveys a road with a Long Range Acquisition Sight, on an observation post in the Tangi Valley, Wardak province, Afghanistan on Sept. 4, 2009. The Tangi Valley, an area in southern Wardak devoid of central government presence, had not seen a permanent coalition force until the arrival of the U.S. Army’s Apache Company on July 12, 2009. In the weeks before late August of 2009, this 102-man company had seen twenty-six soldiers injured and one killed in action, all from Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.


VII UNCOMMISSIONED – multimedia screening

May 4, 3–7 pm– AlCorso Cinema

A continual screening of the 10 best multimedia products by VII photographers; followed by a talk with their creators.

 Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in rural Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2005. Ghulam said she is sad to be getting engaged as she wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she was made to drop out of school. Married girls are seldom found in school, limiting their economic and social opportunities. Parents sometimes remove their daughters from school to protect them from the possibility of sexual activity outside of wedlock. It is hard to say exactly how many young marriages take place, but according to the Afghan women’s ministry and women’s NGOs, approximately 57 percent of Afghan girls get married before the legal age of 16. In addition, once the girl’s father has agreed to the engagement, she is pulled out of school immediately. Early pregnancies also result in an increase in complications during child birth.


VII NIGHT – official presentation and party

May 4, 10 pm– St. Peter’s Cloister

A presentation of the agency with a video screening documenting its history, as well as screenings of work produced during the VII SHOOT, debates this will be an evening full of talks, music and an exchange of ideas, with important guests from the field of photography.

 A giraffe lies dead, killed by drought in Wajir, North Eastern province, Kenya on Oct. 9, 2009. Kenya is facing a devastating drought, the worst in the last decade. Parts of the country haven’t seen a drop of rain for several years, livestock and crops are dying and people are getting weaker every day. The lack of resources in Kenya and in neighboring countries is sparking inter-tribal conflicts as communities fight for limited grazing land and water. The spread of weapons are turning those conflicts bloody. Photo by Stefano De Luigi/VII


More details here Fotografia Europea


A U.S. Marine slides down the marble bannister in Saddam’s palace in Tikrit, Iraq, April 14, 2003. Tikrit was the last major city in Iraq to fall, and many people felt it symbolized the end of the fighting in Iraq. The palace is not only enormous, but contains decor worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Photo by Ashley Gilbertson/VII

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